Bernie’s Burger Bus Serves up Second Brick-and-Mortar in Katy

Justin Turner

Justin Turner

On the heels of celebrating its five year anniversary and just 16 months after opening its first brick-and-mortar in Bellaire, Bernie’s Burger Bus, one of Houston’s best-loved and first-ever food trucks, will open the doors to its second location on November 3rd in the upscale LaCenterra Shopping Center, located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, across from Trader Joe’s. A lease has also been signed with plans underway for yet another brick-and-mortar in the Heights, while the company’s last operating burger bus takes to the highway, heading to Austin in hopes of making traction there before pushing for yet another burger joint.

“It’s all unfolding just as planned,” said Owner and Chef Justin Turner. “Our buses were always intended as a marketing tool and testing ground before opening storefronts. The Bellaire location was chosen to serve as both a restaurant and commissary where we painstakingly grind all meat fresh daily and prepare all house-made condiments for future brick and mortars. As for Katy, we gained a huge following there with the bus. We couldn’t ignore our Katy fans and can’t wait to get the doors open.”

At its Katy location, the dining room welcomes guests with a black and white subway tile mural of the restaurant’s namesake Bernie, an ode to Turner’s grandfather. The restaurant, designed by Jim Herd of Collaborative Projects, seats 100 indoors and another 60 on a patio overlooking a man-made pond.

The restaurant will be open Sunday through Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 9:30 pm. The space will also be available for private parties and offer personalized catering packages.

Bernie’s Burger Bus offers classic American fare including hand-ground, choice cut meat for burgers. All condiments are made in-house in small batches with fresh, quality ingredients and no preservatives or additives. Pillowy, locally sourced artisanal buns are made daily, and hand-cut fries, made to order, are available topped with a variety of goodies. Popular signature burgers will be present, in addition to monthly “Field Trip” specials. Drink offerings include house made lemonades, local craft beers on tap, a large selection of bottled beers and scratch-made milkshakes in a variety of flavors.

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